DS Virgin Racing is a team competing in the FIA Formula E Championship, originally established by pioneering entrepreneur and Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson, who saw the championship as a chance to be at the forefront of electric vehicle development and to promote sustainable transportation technologies to a wide audience. Virgin shares this passion for technology with DS Automobiles, the French premium car brand which joined the team as a partner in 2015.
One of the most prominent luxury car manufacturers, BMW has enjoyed a long history of success across motorsport, in motorcycle racing, Formula 1, touring cars and sportscars. Today it competes with factory teams in the DTM, Formula E and GT racing, including in the Nurburgring 24 Hours where it has more victories to its name than any other manufacturer.
Wayne Taylor Racing is one of the leading teams in North American sportscar racing. It was founded in 2007 by Wayne Taylor, a successful driver in his own right with victories at the Le Mans 24 Hours, the Rolex 24 At Daytona (twice), the 12 Hours of Sebring, and the inaugural Petit Le Mans in 1998. In 2017 the team races in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with the the all-new No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R.
Terra Firma is one of Europe’s leading private equity firms, raising long-term capital from a wide range of investors to buy and transform businesses in order to create value for stakeholders. Terra Firma was founded in 1994 and the name means ‘solid ground’, reflecting its consistent and distinctive approach to investment.
Alpinestars is a leading manufacturer of professional racing products. It makes high-performance protective gear for motorsports including Formula One, NASCAR, MotoGP and Motocross. The company was started in 1963 by Sante Mazzarolo in Asolo, Italy. Today, it has offices in Los Angeles and Tokyo, as well as the original headquarters and main research and development facility in northern Italy.
Arai Helmet Ltd was founded in Tokyo, Japan by Hirotake Arai in 1905, but it wasn’t until 1952 that this family-run firm began supplying headgear to professional off-road motorcycle racers. The first world champion to use an Arai helmet was Freddie Spencer, winner of the 1983 World GP 500cc, and in the 1986/87 Formula One seasons, 26 of the 28 drivers wore Arai helmets. In 2005 carbon-fibre helmets became mandatory in F1, and Arai introduced the first one at that year’s French GP. Today, Arai remains a leader in innovative helmet technology for track and road, with every helmet still almost 100 per cent handmade.
The British Racing Drivers' Club is arguably the most exclusive club in motor racing, home to the most successful racing drivers from Great Britain and the Commonwealth. Membership of the BRDC is highly sought after and extremely difficult to achieve. The list of members, past and present, reads like a 'Who's Who' of motorsport.
High5 is a British sports nutrition products company run by athletes. Following the latest developments in sports science and using natural ingredients, High5 products are continually tested and receive athlete feedback. High5 is the on-course nutrition at more than 300 races and events in the UK. The company takes pride in having produced some of the very best sports nutrition products for over 20 years to help athletes reach their sporting objectives.
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